Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh – Romantic Drama About Letting Go of the Past

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Book Review: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh – Romantic Drama About Letting Go of the Past

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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Courtney Walsh | Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018 | Series: Harbor Pointe – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Adult Fiction, Inspirational Fiction
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you, Tyndale
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Rating: ★★★★★

Quinn Collins isn’t ready to let go of the past. She’s nowhere near ready in fact. For years now she’s been holding onto the past, and uses her frustration and hurt to fuel her future. Raised by her father in the aftermath of her mother walking out on them, Quinn has just bought the flower shop her mother once owed. Determined to recapture a piece of the childhood that remembers her mother, the one thing Quinn is not prepared for is Grady.

A champion skier on his way to an Olympic comeback, Grady Benson has no plans to stay in the hidden small town of Harbor Pointe. But when he causes damage to a small diner, this is exactly what happens. Sentenced to community service, part of his punishment involves working to help ready Quinn’s shop for its grand opening. A match Quinn is less than enthused by. Meanwhile, Grady feels a pull towards Quinn, a girl unlike anyone he’s ever met…

Despite loving the contemporary genre wholeheartedly, I feel like my list of auto-buy authors in this genre is still small. Talented authors like Denise Hunter, Melissa Tagg, and Becky Wade feature on this list. Also, one of my more recent discoveries is Courtney Walsh. Her novel, Change of Heart swept me up into its story and wouldn’t let go. Now her latest release, Just Let Go has done the same. Only in contrast to the message the title has for its characters, in this case, the fact that this novel won’t let its reader go, is a good thing.

The premise of the story is a simple one – girl-next-door meets cute guy, sparks fly – but as each truly good contemporary novelist does, there is more beneath the surface. So many readers think the contemporary genre is just a bit of “fluff.” In some cases, yes they are (and don’t mistake me, there is nothing wrong with this, and I adore these types of reads), but the best kind of contemporary novels also dig into their premise. Such is the case within these pages. There’s a great deal going on.

Whether it be the emotionally scarred past of both its protagonists or the secrets another has protected for many years, there’s plenty of emotions. Grady and Quinn make compelling character portraits, and feel like two people who may be a little lost, but are also easy to "get." There’s Grady’s feelings of inadequacy, and Quinn’s pent up emotional trauma, many of us will relate to one or both of them in some sense. After all, who among us isn’t a little lost sometimes?

On a lighter note, can I just say, I also adore these character names! They’re so unique, and if you’ve been reading this website for a while, you’ll know, I’m a big fan of unique names. Speaking of these two, the love story doesn’t feel quite as fleshed out as I’d have imagined. (But full disclosure, while reading this, this book did have the misfortune of the dreaded “distracted reader” syndrome. Nothing the story did, it was just… life.)

Just Let Go is a beautiful portrait of family life, messiness and all, and for that, I admire it. It’s a story with a purpose, and reminds us sometimes, we do need to let go. Sometimes this may look like letting go of a beloved hobby. Other times it might mean saying goodbye to a relationship that’s no longer healthy. Or perhaps, sometimes it’s having a good, cleansing cry. Whatever life throws at us differs from day to day, year to year, but one thing is constant, learning what and when to let go will always be freeing. Just Let Go teaches this to its readers over and over again, and in the end, it’s all about embracing joy. ♥

Synopsis: For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she'd ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn's father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out--and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she's uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town--and Quinn's life--possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Courtney Walsh: An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.

Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.

But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.

Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other. - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

5 comments

  1. This book sounds kinda cute, definitely adding it to my TBR. Lovely review :)

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    1. It's beautiful, Kristin. Hope if you have a chance to read this one, you enjoy. :)

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  2. I keep hearing great things about this author's stories, but have yet to read any of her books. I even own a few of her titles. I guess I need to move them up on my TBR list.

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    1. Ooo, they're lovely, Brittaney!! Hope if you do read them, you enjoy - and let me know what you think if you do. :)

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  3. I've read one of Courtney Walsh's books and loved it. I really need to read her other ones. Your review is making me want to read this one so bad! It sounds so good!

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